Over 50 Seward Montessori students received chess instruction during the 2014–15 school year. Beginning and Intermediate classes were offered through Community Ed and the Advanced/Tournament Group met up to three times per week after school and evenings.
Many advanced students attended over a dozen scholastic and open tournaments and competitions logging hundreds of hours of chess playing over the year. Seward players placed highly or won numerous individual and team trophies during these competitions.
The year’s work culminated in students going to the state tournaments and two Seward teams attended the United States Chess Federation’s elementary and junior high national tournaments in Nashville, TN (May 7–11, 2015) and Louisville, KY (April 23–27, 2015).
Nationals are both fun and grueling events. There are seven rounds played over three
days: two rounds Friday, three on Saturday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., then play resumes with rounds at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Seward K-6 U1000 placed 7th out of forty teams. The K-9 U1250 team placed 2nd in their section.
All of the players showed a lot of poise and determination to keep focused over the entire weekend. Coach Pete Munene reported that it was fun to see the growth of the players even during the course of the tournament and their increasing comfort and confidence with competing at a national event. And they had a lot of fun hanging out together and taking in all that the event had to offer. They represented Seward and themselves very well and have a lot to be proud of.
To learn more about how to join or support the Seward Sharks Chess Club at our website: seward.mpls.k12. mn.us/chess_club